this nasty egg / this try-to-think / try-not-to-think
this sky-is-falling and what-happens-if
and someone humming Johnny-I-never-knew-ya

/ this seeming calm / this not-delicate shell / this yellow yolk
this undone begun / this begins
pulses / groan-grows / beaks / cracks what seemed safe /

until / out / weak and stumbling
but stronger than death / this blind sensing
everything horrid that might
/ this happens in me

my hatching / my hungry / my savage fear

poem and photograph by Jo Mariner